Fireplace for Romance

I live in the southeast, and let me tell you, there is not much need for heaters where I live. Despite that fact, every house I have lived in includes a fireplace. I don’t really get it, if you want to know the truth. I have central heating and cooling, but I still have a fireplace that takes up one whole wall I could use for other things. Of course, there was this time when  i was dating a particular man, and he just loved the fireplace. Running the fireplace just got him all hot and bothered, if you know what I mean. Because of him, I have come to the conclusion that fireplaces are included in houses nowadays not to serve as heaters, but to serve as a source of romance. The other house I lived in before this one, a little house I still own and use as a rental, also has a fireplace. However, I feel that fireplace was actually used as a heater. What makes me think that? Well, that house was built in 1929. I think that was before HVAC systems were invented, or at least before it was common to have central heating and cooling in every house. The fireplace may have been used for romantic interludes back then, but I think it was probably there for a much more practical reason. I don’t use the fireplace anymore because I think I need to have an HVAC company inspect it, but I do like the idea of a fireplace even if they are totally impractical.